Monday, 27 September 2021

Wee Wild Things

Wee Wild Things

Wee Wild Things was a short lived Mattel brand introduced in 1987. There were eight basic little doll (2.5") sets with accessories, plus three larger playsets with dolls, and one deluxe playset - that did not include a doll.

Some of the original sketches, along with Mattel's pre-production dolls, can be found on the coroflot page of Paula Yurkovic who was working at Marvin Glass at the time.

Wee Wild Things Design

Mattel Wee Wild Things

★ Kicky Nicky - box front / back.
★ Prancy Nancy - box front / back.
★ Rhoda Soda - box front / back.
★ Rita Bonita - box front / back.

Wee Wild Things 1987

★ Ritzy Misty - box front / back.
★ Ruby Doobie - box front / back.
★ Suzie Cutie - box front / back.
★ Zany Janey - box front / back.
Wee Wild Things dolls

Wee Wild Things High-Top Beauty Shop

★ High-Top Beauty Shop and Lila Styla - box front / back.

Wee Wild Things Piece O'Cake

★ Piece O'Cake and Lucy Watussi - box front / back.
★ Small Fry Cafe and Trish Deelish - box front / back.

Wee Wild Things Small Fry Cafe

Liv-in LimoLiv-in Limo

★ Liv-in Limo - box front / contents / box back.

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Sunday, 26 September 2021

This Week - 26/09/2021.

a sweet friendship refreshes the soul

On the blog I posted another death on the canal case, a guide to the new playline Kid Kreations Sindy line, a cover guide to Kicks magazine, my top 20 UK refer a friend schemes, and Welsh UFO sightings from 2000. I also posted scans of Just Seventeen magazine from June 1985.

Deal of the Week -

Get 15% off at Rachel Riley with referral / discount code -

Song of the Week -

Shaky Shaky - Daddy Yankee

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Saturday, 25 September 2021

[Almost] Death on the Canal - 1856, Mary Ann Jenkins

Death on the (Mon & Brec) Canal

I did the basic research for this blog series a couple of years ago. Then, as usual, flitted along to the next thing that caught my interest. Now I'm trying to flesh the cases out and present to you my justification for not being a fan of walking along the canal on dark and lonely nights... For more canal deaths, check out the master post.


Not everyone who ended up in the canal lost their lives in it. While researching this series there were plenty of reports of 'near misses' to be found in the newspapers. So, to make the whole project slightly less morbid, every last Saturday of the month will be the case of someone who survived the Mon & Brec!

This week is about Mary Ann Jenkins of Spring Vale. The Monmouthshire Merlin of Saturday 18th October 1856 reported that Mary had attempted to commit suicide by throwing herself into the canal, near Cwmbran furnaces. Luckily, John Jones was passing at the time and pulled her from the water. When asked why she had done it, Mary said it was because her husband was an irreclaimable drunkard!

Monmouthshire Merlin 18th October 1856

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Friday, 24 September 2021

Top 20 UK Refer a Friend Offers

Top 20 UK Refer a Friend Offers

There are lots of refer a friend schemes out there, offering all kinds of rewards from 10% off your order right through to actual cash sent to your bank account. Here are the 20 schemes which have worked best for me over the last 18 months or so. You can find all my referral codes and links on my dedicated pinterest board.

Save on your first Glossy Box from Look Fantastic with referral code JESSICA-R4OT or link -

Friends can use the referral link - - to get £5 off their first Glossy Box or an order of £25 at Look Fantastic. In return you get between £5 and £15 credit, depending on how much your friend spends.

Even better, you can stack the credit and do not need to spend anything extra to use it. I've received over £100 credit since 2019 which I've spent on make-up, perfume and gifts.

Get £50 credit with Octopus Energy when you sign up via referral code / link

With energy prices only going up, this scheme has been an absolute godsend for me. Every time somebody signs up for / switches to Octopus Energy with your referrral link - - the both of you get £50 free credit on your account. Since switching in early 2020 this scheme has netted me £350 in credit on my account.

Get £10 free when you sign up to Quidco (and earn £5 cashback) with referral link -

Most of the cashback sites offer free cash for referring friends, but Quidco is the one I've had the most success with in terms of it actually paying out. The friend gets £10 and the referrer £5 - I had £45 accrued just through referrals which I used to buy Marianna's new school uniform this year. For another 30+ cashback sites and referral links, check out my post HERE.

Get 60% off your first Gousto meal box with the code JESSI19856522

Gousto's refer a friend scheme offers 60% off to those signing up with a referral link - - and gives the referrer £15 credit. You can stack the credit too which is very useful; thanks to it I've been able to get a couple of free boxes over the last two years in weeks when money was extremely tight.

Get $3 credit with using referral code JESSICAGJA6

If a friend signs up to with your referral link - in my case, - you each get $3 credit, which is enough to send a photo postcard to anyone you want. These are really nice quality and are great mementoes of holidays, etc; I have a whole bunch of them on my noticeboard. (Note: You might need to log out and sign back in before your credit shows for the first time.)

Get an extra £5 on your first trade at Ziffit (of £10 or more) with referral code: IPNHV9EZU

Get £5 free credit on your Ziffit trade in when you use referral code IPNHV9EZU. The referrer also gets £5; I've had about £30 paid into my Paypal account this way.

Get £5 free with your first order at Music Magpie using referral link -

Use a referral link to trade with Music Magpie - - and get £5 free. The referrer also gets £5 in cold hard cash...

Sign up to Oh My Dosh and get a £1 welcome bonus
This is my favourite 'GPT' (get paid to) site. You fill out surveys, sign up to trials, complete offers, etc, and earn money for doing so; I've made over £100 with it since 2019. You can read my full review HERE. Their referral scheme offers £1 to each friend that signs up, and gives £5 for every friend that earns £10 and cashes out:

10 free Gener8ads tokens with referral link

Gener8 is a browser extension that acts like an adblocker; it switches out banner and sidebar ads with pictures of cute animals and pretty landscapes instead. For every replaced ad you see or friend you refer - - you get tokens you can spend in the Gener8 marketplace. The offers vary, but since installing it I've had a few £5 Amazon voucher plus various Gener8 merchandise like USB sticks and air fresheners.

Get $5 off your first Japan Candy Box with referral link -

This is a really fun scheme. Your friend can use the referral code to get $5 off their first Japan Candy Box - - and you get $5 of stackable credit. I've managed to get two free boxes through referrals which Marianna had a great time reviewing. :)

Get $5 off your first Kawaii Box with referral link

Kawaii Box offer a scheme where your friend gets $5 off their box with a referral link - - and you get $5 credit towards one. You can stack the credit, so refer a few friends and get a free box.

Get a Simply Cook box for £1 with referral code JP8919

Simply Cook offer a box for £1 when you use a referral code - e.g. JP8919 - and gives a free box to the referrer. I've had a few recently which has added some flavour to our meals.

Who Gives a Crap Discount Code

Toilet paper is one of those things you don't have much choice but to buy. Still, you can save £5 on your first order of this eco friendly bog roll with referral link - The referrer gets £5 credit in return.

Get £5 off orders of £30 or more at Beauty Expert with referral code: JESSICA-R1L9 Get £10 off at Bloom and Wild with referral code / link:
Here are some other refer a friend schemes offering stackable credit - although I can't say I've personally had much luck referring people to them, it's always good to know which ones can equal freebies just the same!

Bloom and Wild | | Give £10 off, get £10 credit.
Beauty Expert | JESSICA-R1L9 | Give £5 off, get £5 credit.
Boohoo | | Give 15% off, get £5 credit.
Burt's Bees | JESSICA-R7W | Give £5 off, get £5 credit.
Japan Centre | E2E12F | Give £5 off, get £1 credit.

Get 15% off at Boohoo with referral code / link - Get £10 off orders of £45 and over at Mankind with referral code: JESSICA-RNQ

Mankind | JESSICA-RNQ | Give £10 off, get £10 credit.
Rachel Riley | Give 15% off, get £15 credit.
Sanctuary Spa | JESSICA-R2V | Give 15% off, get £5 credit.
St. Tropez | JESSICA-R5Q | Give 15% off, get £5 credit.
Your Coca-Cola | JESSICA-R1Z | Give £5 off orders of £25+, get £5 credit.
Zavvi | JESSICA-R3QS | Give 10% off, get £3 credit.

£5 off orders of £25 or more at Your Coca Cola with referral link / code: JESSICA-R1Z Get 10% off at Zavvi with JESSICA-R3QS

Get a free silver britannia coin on orders over £250 at Bullion By Post with referrral code U1SZ HLRQ

Kind of niche but there's obviously call for it - I've had a few referrals through it, though I've never actually made a transaction. When ordering £250 or more of bullion you get a free silver britannia coin worth about £20 when you use a referral code, e.g. U1SZ HLRQ.

2 weeks worth of dog food from for £2 with code BABIAFI2019 A month worth of free dog food from with code JESSID5G

Every time a friend uses your referral code you get £10 credit on your account. I currently have over £1200 worth! If you have a dog this is such a good scheme because you can get the monthly subscription and it'll take £10 off a month so you're only paying a couple of quid for feed. Sadly the dog we got the trial for died and, as you cannot stack the credit, it's all just uselessly sitting there. I did email the company and ask if I could donate it all back to them in exchange for giving a portion to a shelter or something but didn't get any response. :/

(Because I was getting so many referrals they contacted me a while back with the first code which is for a couple of £££ per referral instead of credit. I've no idea how that account is doing as, kind of true to form, they've never been in touch since. My verdict is this is a fab scheme for owners of dogs who like Tails fare, but not worth doing for anyone else.)

What has been your best experience with refer a friend? Let me know in the comments! :)

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Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Welsh UFO Sightings 2000

Welsh UFO Sightings

Welsh UFO sightings from 2000. For sightings from other years please click HERE.

Tuesday 11th January
Swansea Bay

Sion Thomas, a law student in his thirties, was returning home from work. Sion noticed a large, silent, cherry-red light above the sea. It appeared reasonably close to the shore and in the general direction of Swansea County Hall.

"I stood for a few moments trying to ascertain what it was. You can imagine my surprise when the large light separated into two distinct objects, which flew off in different directions without a sound. Intrigued, I rushed home and ran up to the lounge window of my flat [top of Mount Pleasant], in time to see one cherry red light heading towards Mumbles and the other heading for Port Talbot. I considered many possibilities, including a midair refuelling exercise, but cannot fathom the absence of sound."

Source: Neil Spring UFO Magazine, July 2001.

Friday 25th February, 19:30

"Three objects/lights that were flickering on and off. They moved West and then moved to the South."

Haroldston Woods, Broad Haven

Phil Hoyle and his wife saw a bright light about the same size and luminosity of the star Sirius moving slowly across the sky from west to east. Phil told the Western Mail:

"I looked at the object through my binoculars and I could see a bright white sphere; then suddenly a small red object shout out of the bottom left-hand side of the white sphere. The sphere carried on slowly towards Haverfordwest and disappeared below the horizon, but the red small object seemed to stay in the same place as it was ejected from. The small object darted horizontally over an approximate distance of 500 feet; it moved in a zig-zag erratic manner from left to right."

Western Mail 15/01/2003
Wales on Sunday 02/02/2003

Wednesday 29th March, 00:00
Welshpool, Powys

"Comet shaped and with about a one foot long flare, four to six times bigger than a star. Moving from East to North East."

March, daytime

"In March 2000 I was going to my friend’s Stationery shop in Abergele when I saw a police helicopter hovering just above the building, and no more than about 20-30ft above it was a white cigar approximately ¾ the length of it.  After a few minutes it flew over fairly slowly to above Pentre Mawr Park, where again it was still for some minutes and then flew off rapidly.  As the helicopter was making such a racket it was difficult to tell if this UF0 made any sound."

Source: Link to the Stars by Margaret Ellen Fry.

Thursday 13th April, 20:23

"One star shaped object. Moving West."

Thursday 27th April
Rhydtalog, Flintshire

A witness reported seeing an object over the A5104 at Rhydtalog. It was described as: "One large white ball. It hovered and then disappeared."

Source: North Wales Live, 17 May 2020, citing MOD Files.

April or May, c. 06:20
Llangyfelach, Swansea

In April or May 2000, Ian Wishart at that time 24 years old, of Gendros, had just finished working a night shift at Port Talbot steelworks, and was driving home. Sometime between 6:15-6:30 am, just before dawn, of which was to be a clear sunny day, he had just turned off the M4 at junction 46 Llangyfelach.

He pulled onto Llangyfelach Road and on passing the post office he saw a bright light in the distance above Llangyfelach Farm, some half a mile distant to the right hand side of the road ahead of him.

He stopped his car and parked up in a lay-by adjacent to the Plough & Harrow public house and got out of his car. He watched as the light rose slowly vertically. By this time the sky was getting brighter due to the impending sun rise. The light was approximately 800-1000 feet up.

As he watched, it split into two. He then noticed two more lights behind him coming from the north heading towards the first two lights, but these seemed higher in the sky. Suddenly, the original two lights shot off at a very high speed in opposite directions, one towards Llanelli and the other towards Port Talbot.

Meanwhile the other two lights were now overhead and were slowly travelling towards Swansea. As they reached a point approximately over the Welcome Inn in Treboeth they disappeared, just sort of blinked out. No sound was heard from any of these objects during the incident and he was unable to ascertain their size or shape.

Mr Wishart returned to his car and went home to bed. He states however, that he telephoned the police at approximately 1 pm that day to report the incident. He was transferred to an officer in Bridgend, and was told that the sighting was logged.

Some five or six years later he received a letter stating that the case was now closed and no further action would be taken.

Source: SUFON Files - Kris Prevel / witness interviewed by Steve Drewson, June 2020.

Thursday 15th June, c. 21:15

S. Pryce-Williams was standing talking to their fellow chef at the Stamford Gate Hotel when they both saw a very large, shiny object very high up in the sky. They watched it for at least two minutes as it first hovered above them, then went over the Dee Estuary towards the Wirral. Within 15 minutes they saw three military craft, two jets and another large plane going by the same route and in the same direction.

Investigated by Margaret Fry, the account - complete with sketch - appeared in the 24.4 Autumn 2001 issue of Awareness:

Awareness 24.2 Autumn 2001
Awareness 24.2 Autumn 2001

Saturday 17th June, 21:15
Waterloo Hill, Llangernyw

Margaret Modinos, along with other unnamed witnesses, saw a light "like a golden metallic electric light bulb placed horizontally." Behind this came another five similar objects, in formation behind the leader. They flew silently over the landscape until they faded into the distance over the Dee Estuary.

Investigated by Margaret Fry, the account - complete with sketch - appeared in the 24.4 Autumn 2001 issue of Awareness:

Awareness 24.2 Autumn 2001
Awareness 24.2 Autumn 2001
Awareness 24.2 Autumn 2001

Friday 21st July 21st, 00:10
Neath, West Glamorgan

"One object, like a malteser when held at arms length. Spherical and very bright. Orange, red, green and white colours on it. Pulsating."

Tuesday 1st August, 15:30

"One circular, silvery white disc. Was right above the witness and then shot off."

Saturday 26th August, 20:30
Snowdania Mountains

"A large fireball/meteorite/piece of debris spotted over the mountains. It seemed to be flaming, rather than glowing."


Saturday 2nd September, 02:30

"Diamond shape, with three lights. One red and two white lights changing colour."

Saturday 16th September, 04:00
Shell Island, Llanbedr

"Triangular, stacked as plates, with triangular shaped windows with lights."

Thursday 28th September 28th, 20:10
Rhuddlan, Clwyd

An on-duty uniformed police officer saw an intense bright light in the sky above Rhuddlan. As the officer watched it suddenly appeared to 'explode' and disappear.

Thursday 5th October, 20:40
Colwyn Bay

BUFORA December 2000 carried a report by investigator Nicholas Kern. GW was out walking at the junction of Elian Road and Lwyd Grove, looked up, and saw three bright lights of the same size in a triangle formation travelling from the north east to the west. Two lights were ahead with one behind, very high and travelling very fast. One light moved across the other one then returned to its original position, before disappearing into cloud. 

BUFORA No 22 - Dec 2000 - 24 BUFORA No 22 - Dec 2000 - 25

Saturday 21st October, 18:45
St Athan, South Glamorgan

"Red light. Hovered."

North Wales

Margaret Fry and her cousin Marjorie saw two pinpoints of light moving upwards at a steady pace.

"In October 2000 my cousin had come from Australia to visit us.  She was standing outside when she saw ‘two stars moving’.  She called out to me. These two pinpoints of light were travelling not too fast or slow upwards above cloud level.  I reasoned they were unlikely to be satellites as they were going upwards; they were not planes, so I said they possibly were UFOs as it was impossible to judge what they were. Marjorie was so excited as she had never seen anything in Australia, but for me it was barely worth logging.  Contrary to what people might think, the more UFOs you see the more objective and analytical you become, or at least I have.  I am sure there are other equally level headed witnesses like myself."

Source: Link to the Stars by Margaret Fry.

Sunday 5th November, 23:34
Pen Machno, West Glamorgan

"One large, round fireball. Very bright."

Friday 17th November, 18:00
Taff's Well, South Glamorgan

"Bright light in the sky."

Thursday 23rd November, 18:30
Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan

"One large, round light. Gold, then changed to red/amber. Changing from one side to the other."

Bethesda, Gwynedd

Awareness V25/N1 featured an investigation by Margaret Fry and Maureen Pumford. Witness looked out of her hallway window and saw what she likened to "a matchstick man with a large illuminated hat on and peddling furiously down the mountain side on an old fashioned penny farthing bicycle."

Awareness Magazine V25/N1

Friday 1st December, 06:57

Jillian Morris (51), with her daughter saw a round object, twice the size of Venus moving across the sky without stopping, and flickering. It was observed over the coast. It then changed colour to a dark orange and shot off vertically. No navigation lights were visible, and she was sure it was not a satellite as it moved erratically.

Duration of sighting: 9 seconds.


Wednesday 27th December,
St. Michaels, Caerphilly

A UFO was seen over the local golf course, prompting a Western Mail reporter to contact MOD for further info.


Friday 29th December, 23:00
Pantymwyn, Flintshire

"Object, roundish shape, silvery white. Was quite low down and enormously bright."


c. 2000, daytime
Bronwydd, Carmarthen

Katrina Rees (about 26) was driving her mother to Carmarthen railway station. They were proceeding along Bronwydd Road heading towards Carmarthen:

"We were just doing our usual trip and were approaching the narrower bendy bit of the road (there is a farm on the right hand side on the bend) and we both saw this huge dark grey oval "thing" just hovering in the trees in the distance ahead on the left of us. It was of considerable size. Really visible. We spotted it as we approached on the brow of the hill on our approach to the bend so we had to go down and around a double bend and then came out up the hill right alongside it. I knew it was big when I saw it from the distance but when we came around the bend I was shocked - it was really frightening to see it just there, I could not understand how it could be there, frozen motionless in the air, hovering where it was positioned. I knew it was not a typical plane or military etc. It was something else.'

After the experience, Katrina and her mother discussed it as they continued on their journey, all the way to the station where her mother was dropped off to catch a train home. Her mother was bewildered but went on her way. Katrina was dreading her own journey back home in the car as she didn't want to pass the object again on her own. To her relief it was not there anymore.

She called her mother later to say she'd got back safe and that the object had gone. They did not report it but did tell friends and family.

'I cannot tell you what we saw, it was not the sort of shapes people talk about like cigar shape nor a disc, it was longer than its height, some curved elements and just looked like a metal or darker metallic type material but it was more dull finish not shiny.... I can tell you I have no explanation at all other than its nothing we know of this earth even today that I can think of that resembled it.


Source: SUFON Files - witness correspondence with Mike Maunder, September 2020.

Ieuan Wyn Jones, then MP for Anglesey, wrote to the ombudsman on behalf of a constituent who was struggling to get anywhere with their research via the MOD. They responded in February 2000:

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